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Retro Review: Adam & the Ants

Artist: Adam & the Ants

Album: Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980)

In today’s American music scene Adam Ant has pretty much disappeared  completely.  That’s a shame, because even though he may seem a little unbalanced—due in part to bipolar disorder—he did create some truly catchy and bizarre music.  Take, for instance, “Antmusic” and album opener “Dog Eat Dog.”  Part pop, glam, new wave and art rock, Kings of the Wild Frontier is very much a product of its time in a very let’s-do-whatever-the-fuck-we-want sort of way.  It’s this overabundance of ideas and pretention that make this album great—check out closer “The Human Beings” for a fine example of this.  The song features a simple chant, menacing guitars and Ant’s howling vocals.  It also helps that most of it is catchy as all hell.  The U.S edition adds the tracks “Press Darlings” and “Physical (You’re So)” which was covered and beefed-up by Nine Inch Nails in the mid 90’s.

4/5

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